Chet Flippo -- veteran music writer, editor and author, as well as Billboard's Nashville bureau chief from 1995 to 2000 -- died from pneumonia on June 19 at age 69. At the time of his death, he was editorial director of CMT and CMT.com.

Flippo's knowledge of American roots music, country and early rock'n'roll allowed him to write with not only an understanding of an artist's music, but also the cultural and historic significance it held.

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